Geneva’s CPSC welcomes Kennedy Smith

On Tuesday, June 2 from 2:00-4:30 pm, the City of Geneva’s Comprehensive Planning Steering Committee will welcome Kennedy Smith, the Co-Founder and the Principal for the Community Land Use and Economics (CLUE) Group, at the Hydrant Hose Bingo Room on Geneva Street.Tuesday’s meeting will focus heavily on economic development. Smith, who is known for being the longest-serving director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center, will make a one hour presentation that will include opportunities for repositioning Geneva’s economy, information on commercial activity in downtown, and its relationship with Routes 5 & 20, the role of larger employers in Geneva, and more. Smith, one of the nation’s foremost experts on economic development planning for historic commercial districts, will be also be presenting on Geneva’s market strength and any challenges Geneva faces on the commercial front. Smith’s work focuses on crafting forward-looking, innovative economic development strategies, then turning them into practical implementation strategies. “Kennedy Smith is a dynamic speaker and we are excited to hear her constructive feedback on where Geneva’s market is and her guidance on where the market could be and what would be required of the community to get there,” states Sage Gerling, Director of the Office of Neighborhood Initiatives.The second half of the meeting will focus on physical planning and strategic economic development priorities through a hands-on exercise for all attendees. The public is invited to participate in this meeting. For more information, please contact Sage Gerling at (315) 828-6588 or by email at sgerling@geneva.ny.us. All downtown property and business owners are also encouraged to attend this presentation.

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